This pages provides a list of the main College prizes, bursaries and lectures.
However, there are many others managed by our Faculties, Special Interest Groups, Devolved Nations and English Divisions. Please visit these individual sections of our website to find updates on specialty and region-specific prizes, bursaries and lectures.
Information on nominations for Clinical Excellence Awards can be found on our Clinical Excellence Awards page.
Please note that this page only shows applications that are currently open.
We are delighted to announce the winner of the 2021 Morris Markowe Public Education Prize is Dr Cara Bell for her article ‘Knowledge is power’.
This piece looks at the importance of accessible and transparent health records within mental health services for improving the engagement and trust patients and carers have in their care.
Dr Bell said: “This topic is important to me because I feel that any barriers to transparency can be misconstrued. Openness needs to be central to psychiatry and the care we give. I would trust a service who was happy to share information with me and embrace a system that would welcome me as a shared partner in my care. I am still grappling with how to best adapt my communication style to share letters and I thought this was something others will be working through too.”
What is the Morris Markowe Public Education Prize?
The Morris Markowe Public Education Prize is a yearly award for pieces of public information on the topic of psychiatry.
An award of £1,000 will be made to the successful entrant.
Who is the prize open to?
The prize is open to all members of the College, including trainees. An individual may submit one entry a year. Joint entries are accepted, so long as one of the authors is a member of the College, or a trainee.
What can be entered?
The Morris Markowe Prize is awarded annually for:
- an original article on a psychiatric topic of no more than 800 words, aimed at the general public and suitable for publication in a national/local newspaper, lay journal, or on the internet
- an article on a psychiatric topic of no more than 800 words, aimed at the general public and published between May 2020 and April 2021 in a national/local newspaper, lay journal, or on the internet
- a podcast or some other piece of digital media, on a psychiatric topic aimed at the general public, around 10 minutes in length or no more than 800 words.
How are entries judged?
Entries will be judged on their readability, originality and newsworthiness from the viewpoint of the general public or lay reader, by Professor Wendy Burn, Chair of the Public Engagement Editorial Board, patient and carer representatives and key College staff.
Previous Morris Markowe prize winners
The prize was established in 1989 from funds donated in the memory of the late Dr Morris Markowe, Honorary Fellow, and Registrar of the Royal College of Psychiatrists from 1972-78.
- 2021 – Dr Cara Bell: "Knowledge is power"
- 2020 – Dr George Gillett: "What does it mean to reduce the stigma of mental health?"
- 2019 – Dr Joanne Younge: "The Last Taboo – Let's Talk about Sex and Dementia"
- 2018 – Dr Lydia Jones: "Can yoghurt treat depression? Exploring the mysterious link between our bowels and our brains"
- 2017 – Dr Ahmed Hankir: "Fighting My Demons: Prince Harry and Mental Health Stigma"
- 2016 – Dr Farhana Mann: "Listen to the Lonely"
- 2015 – Dr Rebecca Lawrence: "What's in a name?"
- 2014 – Dr Alex Langford: "Why mental health bed cuts make me ashamed of the NHS"
- 2013 – Dr Clementine Maddock: "Hogarth Revisited"
- 2012 – Dr Claire Polkinghorn: "Doctors go mad too"
- 2011 – Dr Val Yeung: "Dispelling Dyslexia with Omega-3: Fishy or For Real?"
- 2010 – Dr Kamran Ahmed: "Beards and Bow Ties: The Recruitment Crisis in Psychiatry"
- 2009 – Dr Ashley McKimm: "Making Crystal Clear: The Myth of Methamphetamine"
- 2008 – Dr Gillian Doody: "Dying for a fag: whose choice is it anyway?"
- 2007 – Dr Julius Bourke: "God opens the floodgates in our brains"
- 2006 – Dr Alex Shand: "Trust me I’m a junior doctor"
- 2005 – Dr Raj Persaud: “Who needs their head examined?”
- 2004 – Prize not awarded
- 2003 – Prize not awarded
- 2002 – Dr James MacCabe: "Psychiatric wards: breaking the cycle of decay"
- 2001 – Dr Bhargavi Chatterjea Bhattacharyya: "When your child asks for moon"
- 2000 – Prize not awarded
- 1999 – Dr Robert Clafferty: “Alzheimer’s Disease – should patients be told their diagnosis?"
- 1998 – Dr Jonathan D Chick: “Medical students and alcohol: many students drink, but what if there are problems?”
- 1997 – Dr Maureen Johnston: “What’s the point” (article on suicide in young people)
- 1996 – Prize not awarded
- 1995 – Prize not awarded
- 1994 – Dr Peter M Haddad: "Post natal depression: why getting help is important"
- 1993 – Prize not awarded
- 1992 – Dr Ros Ramsay: “The trauma of psychosis: a personal disaster”
- 1991 – Dr Clare Hilton: “Alcohol in the elderly – a neglected problem”
- 1990 – Dr Paul Harrison: “Searching for the cause of Alzheimer’s disease
This competition is now closed. Please do join us at the prize-winners' webinar on 11th March.
Thanks to a generous donation from one of our Honorary Fellows, we are excited to announce an essay competition to celebrate the unique contribution that UK psychiatrists have made to the pandemic.
The competition is open to core and higher trainees in psychiatry, SAS psychiatrists within five years of training and newly appointed consultants within their first 12 months of being on the specialist register.
Four prizes will be offered of £250 each to the best essay as well as the opportunity to present your essay and be part of a panel discussion at one of the highly regarded RCPsych webinars on the following topic:
‘How the COVID Pandemic has taught me to be a better doctor/psychiatrist’
This competition is open to:
- core and higher trainees in psychiatry
- SAS psychiatrists within 5 years of training
- new consultants within their first 12 months of being on the specialist register at the closing date.
- Essays of up to 1,500 words (including references) to be submitted by midnight on 31 January 2021 to email@example.com.
- Please include ‘Pandemic Essay Prize’ as the subject line of your email.
- You are required to include in your submission how you would spend the money to improve your practice or address the impact of the pandemic.
- Entries will be judged by a panel consisting of the Dean and some of our most esteemed Honorary Fellows.
- The winner will be notified by mid-February 2021.
The webinar will take place in March 2021 to coincide with the anniversary of the UK first going into national lockdown.
- Category A - where a Faculty, SiG or Division takes complete responsibility for a prize and the Department of Professional Standards is involved only in providing initial guidance on setting up a prize, no administrative charge need be included in the prize costings.
- Category B - where the Department of Professional Standards is involved in additional administrative work, including the invitation of prizewinners to the Annual Meeting presentation ceremony, a charge of £200 will be made.
- Category C - where the Department of Professional Standards provides ALL administrative services, including the above, in the administration of a College prize - this could include setting up examinations, finding examiners etc,the administrative charge will be £300.
If applicable, these costs should be included within the budget accompanying the prize proposal.
Roll of honour
Our roll of honour gives a list of all College Officers from 1971 and all our Prize, Fellowship, Award and Medal winners.